Elliott Kauffman


Statesville, NC

Academic Interests

Pursuing a B.S. in Physics, a B.A. in Art History with an Architecture Concentration, and a German Minor

Fun Fact

I love rock climbing and skiing.

My passions are research, teaching, and 3D modeling. I have been working under Dr. Ayana T. Arce with the Duke ATLAS Group since January 2020, developing a jet tagger using Event Movers Distance. For my research in Summer 2020, I was awarded the Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Physics as well as the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Research Fellowship. Before discovering my interest in high energy physics, I had two other physics research experiences, building a muon veto with the Barbeau Group at Duke University and doing a data modeling project under Dr. Reyco Henning for the ABRACADABRA experiment at UNC-Chapel Hill. Last summer I participated in Duke DOMath, in which I completed a fluid dynamics modeling project regarding thin films. I currently also work as a Teaching Assistant for Physics 141 at Duke. I have worked as a discussion TA and a lab TA. The majority of my responsibilities have been tutoring and grading. I love teaching and helping other students understand and develop an interest in physics. I have been working TA positions since high school (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics), where I also helped teach intro physics courses. One of my passions is increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. I believe my unique position as a transgender man in the physics field offers me the opportunity to make my field a more welcoming place for all. My other affiliations at Duke include my role as Event Coordinator for the Society of Physics Students, where I organize events to help strengthen the small community of physics majors, minors, and other students interested in physics at Duke. I also play clarinet for the Duke University Marching Band. I'm a member of the Duke Ski Club, and travel with the group during the winter to participate in downhill skiing races. In my free time, I love to do art and go rock climbing!

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

I am new to the SPIRE Fellows program, but I am excited to utilize all the resources it will offer me, especially private tutoring.

Elliott Kauffman .
Elliott Kauffman